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Miller Park Zoo offers a variety of fun & educational programs throughout the year. Registration is required for all classes.

All program registration is handled through the Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department. Click here for registration information.

For additional information on Zoo programs contact us at (309) 434-2250.


Animal Crackers for ages 3-5 & a grown-up

Animal Crackers is a Miller Park Zoo classic. Join us once each month for a story, animal encounter, craft, & snack. Our topic is always a surprise and we have a great time guessing which animal will visit! One adult accompanies each child to class but does not pay an additional registration fee. The registration fee includes admission to the Zoo for the participating child & one adult on the day of class.

  • Unregistered siblings of any age may not attend.
  • Children must be at least three years old to participate.
  • Classes are identical in each session, so register for only one class each month.

Registration fee:

  • $13 per child per class
  • $8 per child per class for MPZS members
Date Time
Tues., June 5 10:00 - 11:00 am
 Tues., June 5  6:00 - 7:00 pm
Wed., June 6 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Wed., June 6 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thurs., June 7 9:00 - 10:00 am
Thurs., June 7 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Date Time
Tues., July 10 10:00 - 11:00 am
 Tues., July 10  6:00 - 7:00 pm
Wed., July 11 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Wed., July 11    6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thurs., July 12 9:00 - 10:00 am
Thurs., July 12 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Date Time
Tues., Aug. 7 10:00 - 11:00 am
Tues., Aug. 7  6:00 - 7:00 pm
Wed., Aug. 8 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Wed., Aug. 8 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Thurs., Aug. 9 9:00 - 10:00 am
 Thurs., Aug. 9  2:00 - 3:00 pm

ZooKids for Ages 6 - 7

ZooKids classes are 2-hour adventures that give kids a chance to start in-depth learning about animals. This class includes stories, crafts, animal encounters, and a snack. Registration fee includes Zoo admission for class participants on the day of class.

Min. 8/Max 15.

Registration fee:

  • $17 per child per class
  • $13 per child per class for MPZS members

Big Cats

Date Time
Tues., June 5 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Wed., June 6 9:00 - 11:00 am
 Wed., June 6  3:00 - 5:00 pm
 Thurs., June 7   10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Super Snakes

Date Time
Tues., July 10 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Wed., July 11 9:00 - 11:00 am
Wed., July 11 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Thurs., July 12 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

 

Birds of Prey

Date Time
Tues., Aug. 7 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Wed., Aug. 8 9:00 - 11:00 am
Wed., Aug. 8 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Thurs., Aug. 9 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Zoo Safari Camp for Ages 8 - 9

We'll investigate a different country each day and learn about the animals that live there. Animal encounters, crafts, games, and unique peeks behind the scenes will be highlights of this five-day camp. A snack is included each day.

Registration fee:

  • $89 per child per session
  • $79 per child per session for MPZS members

Around the World

Date Time
June 11 - 15 8:30 am - 11:30 am
June 18 - 22 8:30 am - 11:30 am
June 18 - 22 1:30 - 4:30 pm  
June 25 - 29 1:30 - 4:30 pm  
July 16 - 20 8:30 am - 11:30 am 
July 23 - 27 1:30 - 4:30 pm   

The Art of Animals for Ages 10 - 18

Science meets art in this unique program collaboration by Miller Park Zoo & Sugar Grove Nature Center. It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul - when drawing animals, eyes are the important feature, as every species' eyes are unique and distinct. Using live animals as models, we will examine different eyes, learning how they work and exploring techniques to draw them using pencil and colored pencil. All art materials and a snack will be provided. Classes will take place at Miller Park Zoo.

Registration fee:

  • $20 per person per session
  • $15 per person per session for MPZS members
Date Time
Fri., July 6      12:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Zoo Photography for Ages 9 - 17

Learn the art of photographing animals in a zoo setting from expert photographer John Tobias! You'll have the chance to see the residents of Miller Park Zoo from a new perspective and practice professional techniques of getting "the shot".

Please bring:

  • Camera (phone cameras cannot be used)
  • Memory card with room for 100+ photos
  • Fully charged battery; bringing an extra battery is encouraged

Registration fee:

  • $20 per person per session
  • $15 per person per session for MPZS members
Date Time
Fri., June 8 8:30 - 11:30 am

 

Animal Adventure Camp for Ages 10 - 12

Learn about the different types of environments that make up our planet and the animals who live there. This will be a week filled with animal encounters, projects, and activities that will show us the adaptations animals have for living in their widely varied biomes. Activities are identical for each camp session.

Registration fee:

  • $89 per child per session
  • $79 per child per session for MPZS members

Biomes Bonanza

Date Time
June 11 - 15 1:30 - 4:30 pm
June 25 - 29 8:30 - 11:30 am
July 16 - 20  1:30 - 4:30 pm
July 23 - 27  8:30 - 11:30 am